May 20

Hidden Joy Online Bible Study, Conf Calls

Below is the letter I sent to each person who has signed up for the Hidden Joy Online Bible Study. If you signed up and did not receive this letter, please first check your spam, second make sure you actually signed up in the sidebar of this blog, and third email us at: .




Hello to this sweet, amazing and beautiful Hidden Joy Bible Study Group…all 2,200 of you! (and growing daily!)

If you are new to joining us, welcome! I’m honored to have you as a part of this group. It is my prayer that each person signed up will feel as if she is a part of something special. This is our Bible Study group, our community, our online family. I have done my best to create a place where everyone feels special, loved, and safe. I’m thrilled you’ve decided to study Wendy Blight’s book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner with me!

All you need to participate in this study is the book and internet connection. Each week, beginning May 29th, I’ll post the week’s assignments on my blog, .

For some the online part of the study will be enough, but others will want more. If you are someone who desires deeper connection, communication with others, as well as education and extra inspiration, then the Hidden Joy Conference Call Series is for you.

The calls have been such a huge help and success in the past, that they will be offered again for this online study. The calls will take place on Monday nights: June 6th, June 20th, July 11th, and August 1st. The cost for the calls is $15. Information on signing up for these calls and how to pay is in the final paragraph of this letter!

During each call, you will hear a short but power packed message from Melissa Taylor (Online Bible Studies Leader), Interview with the special guests, and have time for Q and A. Prior to each call you will receive call in information and an outline. Following each call, you will receive information to access the recording (via phone or computer download). You never have to worry about missing a thing even if you can’t be on the call live!

Here are the details of each call:

Call #1 June 13, 2011, 8 pm EST
Message: Why God Why?
Special Guests: Melissa Taylor and Stephanie Clayton
On this first call, the tables are turned as 106.9 The Light Radio Host, Carol Davis interviews Online Bible Study Leader Melissa Taylor. Following Melissa’s interview, she will move back to the seat she’s more comfortable in to interview Stephanie Clayton. Meet Melissa and Stephanie:

Melissa Taylor
Melissa has been speaking and writing for Proverbs 31 Ministries for eight years. She is a contributing author to God’s Purpose for Every Woman and The Reason We Speak. _ Her writing is also featured in the _P31 Woman magazine and the ministry’s online devotions, Encouragement for Today. Melissa joined the staff of Proverbs 31 Ministries as Administrative Assistant in 2007, where the highlight of her job is praying for and helping those who call the office feeling desperate, hopeless, and alone. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands what is feels like to suffer and feel too scarred for a good life. Today, her greatest joy in life is sharing Jesus with others because she has learned first hand what He and only He can do, proving that healing is possible.

In 2011, Melissa began Online Bible Studies on her blog because she wanted to provide a venue of study for women who aren’t in a Bible study group for whatever reason. In her first 5 months of leading the Bible studies, over 5,600 have signed up. Women are hungry for the Word of God and it is her goal to teach them how to live it and apply it.

Melissa lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Jeff, four children, Blake, Hayden, Dylan, and Hayley Grace, and her sweet dogs Princess and Maggie.Melissa and her family attend Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC.

Melissa is on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook Online Bible Studies Page:

Stephanie Clayton
Stephanie Clayton is going to be our Go To Girl
for her expertise, advice, and care. She will be interviewed on the first two calls and will be present on all four calls to answer any questions you may have for her.

Stephanie holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and currently leads a survivors of sexual abuse group. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults concerning issues such as substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and sexual abuse. Stephanie is a survivor of sexual assault, and has struggled herself with depression and anxiety. This has led and fueled her passion and desire for every individual to find freedom through Christ. She is a gifted writer, which you can see for yourself! She blogs over at You can also find Stephanie on Facebook and Twitter.


Call #2 June 27, 2011, 8 pm EST
Message: It’s Time to Go: The Faith to Move Forward
Special Guests: Dr. Kris Colangelo and Stephanie Clayton

Dr. Kris Colangelo
Dr. Kris Colangelo owned her own family chiropractic practice for eight years before returning to school to receive more education in order to merge a love of education, writing, and science. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology for the online campus of Herzing University. Her ultimate career goal includes writing and teaching science to the public to help kids and adults make healthy choices in life.

Kris’s faith became active through regular church attendance in college. Over the years, she longed more to have a relationship with God versus simply going through the motions of being religious. She was born again several years ago after listening to a Joyce Meyer teaching on Religion vs. Relationship, and she’s been passionate about growing her faith and learning the Bible since that time. She is active in her church and her local women’s small group. Even with many blessings in her life, Kris is no stranger to pain and fear. She has been a victim of relationship abuse; she has endured a lot of stress in her marriage, and she has endured the loss of two babies in utero. And yet, through it all, her faith has endured.

Stephanie Clayton
See bio under call #1

Call #3 July 11, 2011  8 pm EST
Message: How Can I Forgive: myself & others
Joining us for this call is truly the one who made this study a reality, author of Hidden Joy, Wendy Blight.

Wendy Blight
Wendy Blight has been blessed with the passion and giftedness to bring God’s Word alive. Her messages and lessons share the specific Scriptures and prayers that have transformed her heart and home. She loves to teach Bible study and write corresponding curriculum because, “I know that in the process a woman will connect directly to the heart of God.”

She has led thousands in study, in person and through internet, video, writing, and other media. She has appeared as a featured guest on Oprah Radio, The 700 Club, Family Life Today with Dr. Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and more. Wendy has authored a book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, and several Bible studies. Just days after her college graduation, she was attacked by a masked man hiding in her apartment. While she physically survived, she lived the next decade in a prison of fear, despair, and hopelessness. God and God alone healed her. Her story is now an amazing testimony of God’s strength in weakness, His hope in hopelessness, and His healing in brokenness. Hidden Joy recounts her journey of transformation from a prison of fear to freedom in Christ and offers a step-by-step walk through God’s Word to find physical, spiritual, and emotional healing.

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband Monty and two children Lauren (17) and Bo (13). In addition to being a wife and mother, she serves on the staff and Speaker Team of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Before moving to Charlotte, she practiced law in Dallas, Texas. You can read more from Wendy on her blog, .

Wendy is on Facebook and Twitter.


Call #4 August 1, 2011, 8 pm EST
Message: Connect
Special Guests: “Allison” and Lynn Cowell

“Allison” (keeping her identity anonymous)
Allison is the mother of a child sex abuse survivor. From the moment she learned of the abuse, she knew that whatever came next, God would sustain them. Eighteen months later, at the age of 11, Allison’s daughter testified against her abuser. The mental and emotional effects of the abuse and subsequent trial led this young victim to suicidal ideation and an actual suicide attempt. Through it all, Allison and her daughter see God’s hand in her continued healing and growth into the strong survivor for whom He has such wonderful plans.

Lynn Cowell
Lynn is the author of His Revolutionary Love: Jesus’ Radical Pursuit of You and part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ speaking team. She helps teens through one-on-one mentoring, leading small groups, and teaching at conferences.

Lynn’s desire is for every person she encounters to get that Jesus wants you – He is that into you! Jesus’ passion for His own is completely life altering and Lynn’s heart is to lead others to this depth of relationship. You can visit Lynn on her blog,

Lynn is on Facebook and Twitter.


**To sign up for the conference call series, Call the P31 Office, 877-731-4663 or visit our website to order. Click “Shop P31″, then click “Conference Calls”. Or you can send $15 by check or money order payable to Proverbs 31 Ministries. Send to:
Proverbs 31 Ministries
Hidden Joy Conf. Call
616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105**

I hope you will consider joining these calls. They are designed specifically for you. I can’t wait to “talk” to you during this series! If you have any questions, email me or Angie (our Online Bible Studies lovely assistant) at: .

I’m praying for each of you.
Love and Blessings, Melissa



  1. Michele Caséca says:

    9 days to go… Woohoo!
    Melissa, my heart feels like it will burst with expectation at all God will do through this Bible Study!!!
    We are leaning heavenward for all God has planed for this beautiful group of women!

    It’s gonna be a blessing to each one of us!


    • Michele,
      I feel the same way. I sense a movement of God to work wonders and miracles into the lives of His daughters through this study.

      Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

  2. Melissa, each time you send an updated I think you have upped the start date. I can’t wait to start this study. From your numbers God is reaching to a lot of women with this study.

    • LOL Debi! It will be here before we know it! God is going to reach many through this study, I just know it. Including me and you! :)
      I can’t wait to get started!
      So glad you are joining me again!

  3. Sooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God is gonna rock the house with this study!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Stephanie,
      You are so right! And He is going to use you, our “Go To Girl”, in such a mighty way. Thank you so much for agreeing to be such a vital part of this study and conference call series. I love you for it!

  4. I’m praying for all the women who are about to be transformed by the powerful message of LOVE God has shared with us through His servant Wendy. I’m especially showering you and Wendy with prayers as y’all prepare for what God has in store; wisdom, discernment, compassion, strength and so much for for y’all! I love you both, keep-on keeping-on and Satan won’t stand a chance in…well…you know ;).

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am ready to begin this study and learn as much as I can, I have my brand new little green journal I just got last week from a super rad friends bootcamp and just in time may I add. She even gave me a copy of the book for this study. I am so excited and ready to learn, listen and grow :)

  6. Ancient Face says:

    I am ready to begin this study and learn as much as I can, I have my brand new little green journal I just got last week from a super rad friends bootcamp and just in time may I add. She even gave me a copy of the book for this study. I am so excited and ready to learn, listen and grow :)

  7. Joyce Chika says:

    Hie Mellisa,
    I cant wait to start my online Bible study. I have signed but cannot get Wendy’s book in my country, i also do not have a credit card to purchase online. Please advise if i can purchase by paying by Bank Transfer.
    Thank you for your prayers.

    God Bless you and your Team